Conceived, designed and built during my time @ UCLA for an urban farm in Inglewood, CA. Here's a quick video showing my first prototype:
This system (+testing, analyzing, fixing, writing a massive paper, and presenting) allowed me to get an MS from UCLA's MAE department! Woo! So it worked, but wasn't ideal. Slowly but surely, I am still working on it. It's getting there! Currently all aspects of the system are solar powered (via rechargeable batteries) and wireless. Much more work to be done, but it's getting to a workable version.
The first viable prototype will be installed at a school garden in Inglewood, CA. It will automate the irrigation system for the garden, reducing overall water usage, improving crop yields, and exposing students and community members to engineering, programming and problem solving as it pertains to their own lives.